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david petraeus spent his last fourth of july as commander of the u.s. forces in afghanistan. he met with american troops in the war zone, and just two weeks before heading home to take on his new job as cia director, he spoke one on one with nbc about america's mission. >> happy fourth of july to all of you. >> reporter: it's his eighth fourth of july in a combat zone, but the last in uniform for general david petraeus. he spent the day visiting some of the thousands of u.s. troops stationed in afghanistan. a farewell tour for a general many consider a rock star who found himself asking these tough as nails troops to just relax. >> the best way to relax is to put your hands in your pockets. that means you right there. go ahead. in fact, i'll put them in my pockets, too, here. >> reporter: credited with helping turn the iraq war around, petraeus was tapped by president obama a year ago to do the same in afghanistan. he admits it hasn't been easy. >> i never felt we could flip afghanistan the way we were able to flip iraq. >> reporter: a tough situation, but he insists not hopeless. >
night between front line troops in afghanistan and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral mike mullen who's visiting them this weekend. somewhat unbelievably, several u.s. troops said their major concern was not getting paid because of this budget fight in washington. in response, mullen was blunt. he said it would be devastating. well, today our pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski followed up in an exclusive conversation with admiral mullen. >> reporter: brian, admiral mullen fully expected to talk to the soldiers and marines about the war here in afghanistan. not the one in washington. >> they weren't talking about afghanistan. they weren't talking about the fight they were in. this isn't surprising, but when you're deployed you want to make sure everything's okay at home. >> soldiers and marines in the middle of a war zone worrying about getting paid. >> they always worry about getting paid. they just sort of expect it to happen. >> reporter: you said that if, in fact, paychecks were held up, that many in the services would be devastated by missing a single paycheck
. in afghanistan, a group of american soldiers took this day to reenlist. america's 235th birthday. a day to stand up and be proud, even if you're sitting down. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> if you plan to celebrate the 4th here in d.c., here's the lineup for tonight. the capital 4th concert will begin at 8:00. the fireworks kick off around 9:15. we'll have a live report on that. that's coming up in our next half hour. the smithsonian metro station and most roads around the mall will be closed. so you might want to give yourself plenty of time to get there. you can also go to nbc washington.com for more details. >>> a day at the beach came to an early and abrupt halt at sandy point state park in maryland today. authorities say a young boy draund drowned after disappearing in the water. elaine reyes has more on what went wrong. >> reporter: at sandy point state park, the sights and sounds of summer are everywhere. on this july 4th holiday, there's also tragedy. >> there were some people with some earphones -- headphones, like scanning the water and everything. they had mentioned that some
. and in afghanistan, a group of american soldiers took this day to reenlist. general david petraeus is about to become the next cia director, and was there to say goodbye and thanks. >> and america can never thank you enough. >> reporter: america's 235th birthday. a day to stand up and be proud, even if you're sitting down. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> there's another celebration today at the white house. it's malia's birthday. she turned 13. >> she will celebrate tonight with hundreds of troops and their families as they attend a special barbecue and a u.s. concert on the south lawn. malia's younger sister, sasha, turned 10, last month. >>> vice president joe biden made his mark on the world of twitter today. the vp sent out his first tweet just past 11:30 this morning. it read, vp and doctor b, hope you take time to think about our troops and military families this independence day. happy july 4th from ovp, joining forces. dr. b refers to his wife jill. biden's user name is @vp, all part of an increasing focus on social media. on wednesday, president obama is expected to hold the white hou
personal struggles. >>> the new secretary of defense in afghanistan with a striking new assessment of al qaeda. >>> final edition for a tabloid caught up in its own scandal. is there more to come? >>> and royal treatment. will and kate bring their charming style to the u.s. carrying on a long family tradition. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. betty ford, a former dancer, stay-at-home mom of four, and wife of a michigan congressman, never could have imaged the strange circumstances that in 1974 would land her and her husband, gerald ford, into the white house, but for a role she was unprepared for, first lady of the united states, she made a lot of it and changed thousands if not millions of lives in the process. betty ford died last night in california at the age of 93. she was known for speaking her mind, even when it didn't jive with her husband's political agenda, but she is best remembered for putting a public face to some awfully personal struggles and inspiring americans, particularly women, in ways no other first lady had. >>> at the ford museum in g
, nbc news, oslo, norway. >>> as the u.s. prepares to withdraw troops from afghanistan, another setback to report tonight. a suicide bombing has killed the mayor of kandahar, afghanistan's second largest city. the mayor who, by the way, was a dual afghan-u.s. citizen was killed when an assassin detonated explosives hidden in his turban as the mayor met with tribal elders. >>> we have been reporting this week on the famine affecting millions in the horn of africa. today, a plane carrying the first airlift of urgently needed nutritional supplements landed in somalia. the shipment will be distributed to medical facilities to help starving children. >>> when we come back, the troubled life and far too early death of an olympian we got to know in vancouver. speedy as he was, he couldn't outrun his demons. >>> and later, closing the doors of an american institution after more than 100 years. more than 100 years. mine was earned over the south pacific in 1943. vietnam, 1967. i got mine in iraq, 2003. u.s.a.a. auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation, because it offers
. they include, of course, those who have died in iraq and afghanistan in tonight's making a difference report, we meet an exceptional group of women who have lost their husbands or fiances in those wars and have joined forces to help themselves heal and to embrace life. nbc's peter alexander has their story. >> reporter: they are fun-loving and fearless. a brave group of women with something else in common, too. they are all military widows. who lost their loved ones in iraq and afghanistan. taryn davis was 21 when her husband, michael, was killed by a roadside bomb in iraq in 2007. >> one of the last things i said to him was i love you more than life itself. >> reporter: living without michael is an everyday struggle. >> when i went out into the world i just felt like they didn't want to embrace who i was. which was a military widow. and in the back of my mind, i'm thinking, that title, it symbolizes my husband's sacrifice and my own. and if i can get through it, maybe one day it can signify my survival. >> reporter: to help her own healing, taryn began reaching out to other widows. but talk
the ongoing combat in afghanistan. mexico matmatters. it's the most important country along with canada on the face of the earth. >> gang violence claumed the lives of 15,000 people last year alone. it's estimatedt 1200ó[Ñiw3Ñiw3 president felipe calderon declared war on organized crime in 2006, some 40,000 people have been killed in the cross-fire of gangs fighting for lucrative drug routes into the united states. >> this is not just a drug fight. this is a struggle for the future of mexico. >> reporter: but with so much rampant killing, many question the mexican government's ability to successfully win its war on drugs. kevin tibbles, nbc news, new york. >>> back now on this side of the border, for all their glamour, the duke and duchess of cambridge, william and kate, spent part of this day in one of the less glamorous parts of los angeles as they wrapped up their visit to north america. nbc's kate snow is there for us tonight. kate, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. it is just about over now. the duke and duchess just arriving at l.a.x. they will be leaving shortl
. he made the statement to reporters on a flight to afghanistan. he said new intelligence, air strikes and the killing of osama bin laden have all but paralyzed the terrorist organization. >> now is the moment. now is the moment following what happened with bin laden to put maximum pressure on them. because i do believe that if we continue this effort that we can really cripple al qaeda. >> secretary panetta also confirmed that the cia joined the u.s. military in air strikes aimed at taking out al qaeda leadership in yemen. once in afghanistan he had dinner with a afghan president hamid karzai. >>> chris matthews show follows us, followed by "meet the press". >> coming up at 10:00, the politics of the disastrous unemployment situation are terrible for this president. but in the debt talks, is the republican right wing handing barack obama. and the hard line that could deprive drive the country to default. or is it possible that the president will take the political blame if the country does default even though he tried hard to compromise. michele bachmann going from 0 to 60. has the go
about the u.s. fight -- rather in afghanistan. leon panetta said defeat is, quote, within reach. he made the statement to reporters on a flight to afghanistan. it's his first trip to that country since becoming defense secretary last week. he said new intelligence, air strikes and the killing of osama bin laden have all but paralyzed al qaeda. >> now is the moment. now is the moment following what happened with bin laden to put maximum pressure on them. because i do believe that if we continue this effort that we can really cripple al qaeda. >> secretary panetta also confirmed that the cia joined the u.s. military in air strikes aimed at taking out al qaeda leadership in yemen. once in afghanistan he had dinner with ma mid karzai. >> the newlywed royal couple will go from the glitz to the gritty as they wrap up their north american trip. they are in los angeles. they got to attend a high-priced polo charity match. gina kim shows us their day full of fun, food, and glamour. >> reporter: a royal visit to tinsel town wouldn't be complete without a walk down the red carpet. saturday night so
. he is army ranger sergeant first class leroy petrie, six tours in afghanistan, two in iraq, a married father of four, awarded the nation's highest military honor by saving the lives of fellow troopers by picking up a live grenade and throwing its which cost him his hand and much of his forearm. this photo received wide circulation around the country today, it's the president, shaking his new prosthetic hand yesterday at the white house. we wanted to show you how matter of fact he is about the new hand, which he loves to play with and talk about and demonstrate. that's a handsome hand. >> it's wonderful. when i lost it, i thought i was going to have a hook, which i was content with. i mean i was happy the way i lost my hand, but nevertheless, to lose a hand. >> shake my hand with that. >> oh, yes. >> tell me how it feels for you. >> for me it feels like a normal handshake. it uses the same muscles that i would to open and close. it's no change from what i did before. it took me a couple of hours to learn how to use it. >> if you haven't caught on by now, this is an exceptional guy. he'
and afghanistan. at a speech today, the president walked the middle ground. >> neither party is blameless for the decisions that led to our debt. but both parties have a responsibility to come together and solve the problem. >> reporter: and one of the big issues for democrats is they say the republican plan would sort of expire before the president's re-election campaign, with another vote to raise the debt ceiling again, they say that would put us right back here. republicans say they need to guarantee that cuts would actually happen in the future to prevent more of a crisis. now, after all this wrangling, aides tell me the senior level negotiators in both parties are still talking, trying to find a way to close the gaps. and as you mentioned, brian, speaker boehner will follow the president tonight. he'll speak for about five minutes to lay out why he thinks his plan should get the public support. brian? >> kelly o'donnell setting the stage on capitol hill for us tonight. kelly, thanks. >>> our chief white house correspondent political director chuck todd is with us tonight from the wh
gets paid and what doesn't. that's causing anxiety from wall street to the battle fields of afghanistan. as the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral mike mullen, discovered for himself today, nbc's jim wikachenski is traveling with him. >> reporter: here at the hot spots of kandahar, american soldiers and marines are still dodging bullets, rockets and road side bombs every day. amazingly, when they had a chance to throw questions at the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral mike mullen, their number one concern was the ongoing debate back home over the debt ceiling. >> the checkbook is not unlimited. >> reporter: admiral mullen told soldiers at kandahar that if the talks failed they'd still have to fight but they might not get paid. >> there are plenty of you that are living paycheck to paycheck. so if paychecks were to stop, it can have a devastating impact and it can have a devastating impact pretty quickly. >> reporter: at camp leatherneck, mullen told marines given the state of the u.s. economy, all the services face a cutback in the size of the force, and maybe e
in washington as well as at quantico and in iraq and afghanistan. that's our broadcast for now tonight. >> have a great weekend.
that he got shot in afghanistan and received his purple heart. so if his life would have been taken, i couldn't have married him in march so i'm excited. >> reporter: about a dozen military brides to be lined up outside the yes to the dress bridal boutique hoping to score the dress of their dreams. dresses they got, absolutely free. >> i feel so pretty. i think this is like a $1,500 dress. i could never afford that on my own. >> reporter: the owner madison west teamed up with brides across america to give away designer gowns to women who are actively serving in the military or marrying someone who is. her father served, and she wanted to give back. >> it's the right thing to do to take care of our military who take care of us every single day. >> this is the dress. >> reporter: patrice campbell will marry her fee san say memorial day weekend next year. she walked away with a $3,800 gown, the first she tried on. >> it's crazy. it feels g. it's heavy. a lot heavier than i thought. but i guess that's what a wedding dress is like. >> the fact that this wonderful lady is doing this for them
in afghanistan. he was looking for four of his team members. he found them, shot to death. even though he was already wounded by shrapnel, meyer helped carry his comrades from the kill zone. the date of the award ceremony hasn't been announced. he will be the first marine to receive the medal of honor in more than 41 years. >>> the united states post office has a list of 3,600 post offices that may be closing. we'll find out tuesday who is on it. the move comes as mail volume is down nationwide. the postal service lost $8 billion in revenue last year, due to the recession. e-mail and online bill-paying. also on tuesday, the post master general will announce a new concept to replace offices in neighborhoods that are shut down. >>> china has a reputation for being the source of a lot of cheap knockoffs. >> but how about a fake apple store? a blogger living with her husband in a city in southwest china snapped shots of not one, but three fake shops, same wooden tables, similarly dressed workers, but with some discrepancies. real apple stores don't say apple store on them. and if they did, th
arrived in iraq sunday after a visit to afghanistan. it's his first visit since taking office july 1st. three or four rockets hit the green zone in baghdad early this morning, an apparent signal from insurgents that they were aware of panetta's arrival. 15 soldiers were killed in iraq last month. panetta said iraqi extremists are being armed by iran with sophisticated weapons they're using to find and kill american forces. >> we're very concerned about iran and weapons they're providing to extremists here in iraq. and the reality is that we've seen the results of that in june. we lost a hell of a lot of americans as a result of those attacks. >> reporter: secretary panetta also said he is requesting that iraqi security forces step up security for american troops. if that doesn't happen, he said he has the sole authority to order u.s. military forces to conduct combat operations against the insurgents. >>> the fbi is leading an investigation into the discovery of a stun gun on board a jetblue airplane. cleaning staff found the device, which closely resembles a smartphone in the back sea
united a divided country. rallied around the flag and these women in new york. los angeles. afghanistan. and here in frankfurt. where tangela calhoun led her friends and family from hidelburg in the classic cheer. of soccer, long an international favorite, enthralled america in what's been a miserable summer for sports. >> as the nfl and the nba have been locked out, baseball is going through the roger clemens' mistrial. and this is something that americans can see and really feel proud of these women going out there, and playing for the purity of the sport and winning. >> reporter: but the champions would be japan, a country still reeling from an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. a victory that came in the middle of the night, and gave a weary nation a reason to celebrate. even in japan, few people thought their team would make it to the finals, let alone bring home the cup. by defeating the number one ranked team in the world. i'm ann thompson in frankfurt. now back to you. >>> and the team's flight expected to touch down in washington later today. >> that was a heartbreaker.
. during a stint in afghanistan, she was the first female marine to become a lead commander in a battle zone. >>> the june jobs report is out and it was all around terrible news for the economy. unemployment went up and employers added a meager number of jobs. brian mooar has the story. >> reporter: u.s. employment virtually stalled last month. a net growth of just 18,000 jobs. that nudged the unemployment rate to 9.2% and raises some serious recovery concerns. >> our economy as a whole just isn't producing nearly enough jobs for everybody who is looking. >> reporter: president obama blamed economic head winds, natural disasters, sky high gas prices, and government budget cuts that slashed 39,000 jobs. despite an early morning rain in louisville, kentucky, people began lining up before dawn to apply for one of 1800 jobs at a retooled ford plant. >> opportunities like this don't come around this often. so i had to be here early. >> reporter: while the economy added 6,000 manufacturing jobs in june that's a drop in a very big bucket. >> anyway you cut this data, it's lousy. >> reporter: t
patients from iraq and afghanistan, and they get to our hospital and get here safely. the same thing is going to be done here. it's just a little bit different volume that we're looking at. >> reporter: there is also a new administration building, designed to match the old facade, which is on the national historic register, a healing garden, two new parking garages, and a number of beds they have now, 200, will grow to 345. >> this facility is a lot bigger than the one over at walter reed. it can facilitate a lot more people now, and it's awesome sgh 150 patients currently treated at walter reed, 2,500 staff and truckload after truckload of equipment also heading over. >> we have been actively engaged for about a year now, just focusing on move day. >> reporter: 60% of walter reed's patients will be moved here, because of the merger, instead of seeing 600,000 patients a year, staff here will soon see more than 1 million. bethesda naval, known for treatment of penetrating brain injuries, walter reed for amputee care. they aren't just merging two historic hospitals, but their military
to report to the american people exactly how this is going to happen. >> chairman mullen is in afghanistan. he told our troops finite foogh there he didn't know the answer to when and where they would get paid. will the president insist that if there's a default, the troops will get paid? >> again, the treasury department -- by the way, whatever admiral mullen talked about, it's outrageous that here we are, 60 hours away from the united states of america potentially defaulting for the first time. and the reason we're here is that, particularly republicans in the house, but republicans generally had been unwilling to compromise. so, at the appropriate point, if we get to that point, the treasury department will lay out clearly for the american people, most importantly for investors, folks around the world, exactly what would happen if we default. >> i want to be clear on what the president would accept in terms of cuts, in the first stage or the second stage. in other words, that what's called in washington a trigger, which means that whatever force's congress's hand, if they don't continue
good care of them. >> during a stint in afghanistan, she was the first female marine to become a lead commander in a battle zone. >>> the state department looking in to reports that syria might be trying to intimidate protesters here in the u.s. the obama administration got reporting that syrian diplomats photographed and videotaped protests here and may have retaliated against demonstrators relatives in ear i can't. the ambassador to the u.s. was called into meet with state department officials earlier this week. >>>s as of this morning, there is a new country on the map. residents of south sudan spent all night celebrating their independence. south sudan voted for independence under the terms of a 2005 peace treaty that ended two decades of civil war in the country. sudan's capital was the first to recognize the new country which is the 193 ready recognized by the united nations. >>> it is 9:38. still ahead, the end of an era in space travel. a look at what's next for nasa now that the shuttle program is coming to an end. >>> and he is one of the most accomplished american tennis pl
that his son, james, who died in afghanistan in 2006 may have had not only his cell phone tapped into by the news of the world, but also his e-mail. >> they hacked into a dead soldier. this is despicable. what else can you say? what on earth do they think they're going to find. >> in the words of the prime minister, people trust the police to protect them, politicians to represent them, and the press to inform them. and, he says, the british public has been failed by all three. and, amy, this storiens to spread, to spread to the united states where one of the most senior executives now runs dow jones in new york but used to run this operation and possibly to spread to other newspapers. it's no exaggeration to say it threatens british tabloid journalism as we know it. >>> thanks for the latest. time now with a check of your weekend weather with bill karins >>> a good saturday morning to you. i'm meteorologist chuck bell. welcome to your weekend. no need to worry about severe weather today. after the thunderstorms blew through here yesterday, weather has improved. a clear sky overh
angeles. afghanistan. and here in frankfurt. where tangelo calhoun led her friends and family in the classic cheer. soccer, long an international favorite, enthralled america in what's been a miserable summer for sports. >> the nfl and the nba have been locked out. baseball going with the roger clemens' mistrial. and this is something americans can see and feel proud of these women going out there and playing for the purity of the sport and winning. >> reporter: but the champions would be japan, a country still reeling from an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. a victory that came in the middle of the night, and gave a weary nation a reason to celebrate. even in japan, few people thought their team would make it to the finals, let alone bring home the cup by defeating the number-one team in the world. ann? >> ann thompson, thank you very much for your report. i'm glad you got all of that team usa paint off of your face. >> i was working yesterday in the newsroom. no one was working. everyone was cheering. we got it on the air. >>> let's get a check of the rest of the mo
and boys -- my 16-year-old son -- men and women in uniform in afghanistan glued to the television set, watching you, cheering for you. i mean, this was a victory for women's soccer. do you think -- do you realize the difference you have made for women's sports? >> absolutely. i think it's clear that, you know, we play with so much pride and so much spirit and so much passion. and i think that's the american spirit. and i think people really grasp on to that, and they wanted to jump on the bandwagon and follow it. because truly, this country loves winners. and although we didn't bring the cup home, we have a winning attitude and winning spirit and we play with so much passion and pride. and i think the country really enjoyed watching. >> and you've got daughters, christie. >> two little girls. >> so this is particularly poignant for you. >> yeah, it was definitely amazing to finish off the tournament like that and just to be able to go home to two little girls smiling and inspiring the youth, you know, and hopefully everyone, you know, jumps on board and enjoys the board of soccer and
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